The war on terror is being fought to preserve our freedoms, or so the American people are told. But freedom is not just a feel-good expression -- it has real meaning. In the paranoid post-9/11 era, that truth seems largely to have been forgotten.Ok
Last week, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal had a story the Bush administration did not want published, although it is The New York Times that is now taking most of the heat. Based on information from nearly 20 anonymous current and former government officials and industry executives, The Times' story described a secret government anti-terrorist effort -- put in place weeks after 9/11 -- to tap "financial records from a vast international database."
Given that the Bush administration has shown scant respect for the law, both in domestic surveillance and in confining terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay in defiance of the Geneva Conventions, this is an important news story that should be of interest to every American who cares about how the government behaves.True. The next part is cool.
Yet because it revealed classified information, the administration and its supporters see this story as something akin to treason.Given this administration's flagrant disregard to and utter disprespect for our Constitution, "treason" is an interesting charge. I really can't go with the by now over-used "Pot. Kettle. Black" metaphor, because the Times was just doing its job. The P-G sums it up:
The American people must know the nature of government policies if they are to carry on an informed debate.And finally:
If the government is going to get a free pass on its policies because "we are at war," then the terrorists have scored a victory. Some secrets must be kept, but this was not one of them.To be sure.